Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post “One of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” named Medved as one of the “Top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel” and he was also named as one of the “50 most influential Jews” by Jerusalem Post.
Medved currently is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading Global Equity Crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. OurCrowd is “One of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet” according to Forbes, having raised over $300M for over 100 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. According to Bloomberg Business week “OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world.”
Medved has been both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades he invested in almost 200 startup companies, helping to bring 20 of them to values in excess of $100M. Between 2006-2012, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010.
Before founding Vringo, Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds. Israel Seed had $262M under management in four funds and has been an investor in 60 leading Israeli companies. Exits include: Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay), Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW, acquired by Summit), Cyota (acquired by RSA/CA), Finjan (Nasdaq: FNJN ), Mobile Access (acquired by Corning), Tradeum (acquired by VerticalNet), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Xacct (acquired by Amdocs), Business Layers (acquired by CA), Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro), and Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare).
Prior to Israel Seed, Medved was a founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MERET Optical Communications, Inc. MERET was acquired by the Amoco Corporation. Medved then came to Israel where he was part of the founding management team at Accent Software which was later acquired by L&H/Microsoft.
Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and six grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.
Mr. Steven Blumgart is an investor in, and board member of, a number of privately-held businesses. Until January 2012, Mr. Blumgart was Co-director of the aluminum division at Glencore International plc, one of the largest commodity trading firms in the world, valued at $40bn. Mr. Blumgart joined Swiss based Glencore in October 1998, where he served in the coal commodity department, responsible for its industrial assets, before moving to the aluminum division. Prior to joining Glencore, Mr. Blumgart worked for three years at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg. Mr. Blumgart completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Tax Honours) degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a South African Chartered Accountant. In addition, Mr. Blumgart holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Geoff Levy AO
Geoff is co-founder and Chairman of Monash Private Capital, as well as non-executive Chairman of ASX listed companies Specialty Fashion Group Limited and Cromwell Property Group Limited. He was appointed Chairman of the Property Asset Utilisation Taskforce by the NSW Government in December 2011. Geoff was formerly CEO and Executive Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited Geoff has held a number of non-executive directorships of ASX listed companies and Federal Government entities
Prior to Investec, Geoff was a principal of Wentworth Associates, a boutique investment and advisory firm acquired by Investec Bank (Australia) Limited in 2001, and prior thereto was a partner of the law firm, Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills). Geoff was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honour list 2005.
Geoff holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, a diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Alec Ellison, recently left Jefferies where he was a Vice Chairman for the past 5+ years, spent nearly 30 years in investment banking covering technology companies - first at Morgan Stanley, then Broadview International, and then with Jefferies, after Jefferies acquired Broadview in 2003 (he was President of Broadview at the time). At Jefferies, he held various positions in addition to leading the Tech group including Co-head of Investment Banking and serving 7 years on the firm-wide Executive Committee. His academic background is B.A. from Yale (summa cum laude) and MBA from Harvard (high distinction).
Robbie Citron brings to OurCrowd over 25 years of experience in financial management, including over a decade of working with start-ups through his role as Partner and CFO of Jerusalem Global Ventures, a leading Israeli venture capital fund. He also serves as consulting CFO for a number of independent Israeli biotech and medical start-ups, most recently with Izun Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Detection, Inc. Earlier in his career, Robbie was Financial Controller and Company Secretary of the Israeli branch of Hanson PLC and worked as a public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Israel and BDO Stoy Hayward in London. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England & Wales. Robbie received an honors degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and sets aside part of his spare time to work with a number of Jerusalem based charitable institutions.
Shai Ben-Tovim is OurCrowd’s Chief Product & Marketing Officer, responsible for the ongoing evolution of our crowdfunding platform and overseeing all marketing and technology activities. Shai has been delivering great products for over 15 years and has held senior positions in strategy, product and technology management across multiple industries. Before joining OurCrowd, Shai was Head of Product for Wonga.com UK, a London-based online consumer finance company. Prior to Wonga, Shai was a member of Israeli wireless pioneer Alvarion’s executive management team, first as President of the R&D Division and later on as Corporate VP Strategy. Shai began his career in the Israeli startup scene in 1998. He is a 2012 Sloan Masters Fellow of London Business School, and has both a law degree (2002) and a computer science degree (2000, magna cum laudae) from Tel-Aviv University.
Josh Wolff joins OurCrowd with over 20 years of executive management experience focused on operations, technology, and infrastructure. Josh earned his BSc in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University in 1994 where he was recognised by the Alpha Pi Mu National Honors Society. Josh's prior leadership roles include two acquired startups, multiple public companies, and private firms. Josh served as Senior Vice President at NY-based Vringo Mobile (NASDAQ: VRNG) from 2007 to 2013 when it was acquired by Infomedia Group in the UK, where he led as SVP and Chief Commercial Offcier until joining OurCrowd in 2016. Previously Josh served as Director of Technology at Mobilee in Boston, MA, when it was acquired by NMS Communications in 2001, where he spearheaded the integration of new wireless infrastructure products. Born and raised in Boston, Josh has also devoted time in the non-profit world, contributing business management expertise to advance significant educational, social, and charitable causes.
Jay Kalish has extensive legal, investor relations and management experience over the past 20 years. He has served as general counsel to Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ, including Teledata Communications and e-SIM, as well as to several start-ups. Jay has successfully served as senior investor relations executive to public Israeli companies including Allot Communications and ECI Telecom, building significant institutional following for his companies in the US, Europe and Israel. He also served previously as CEO of the Patir technology incubator, where he succeeded in obtaining follow-on funding for five out of seven early seed portfolio companies. Jay holds a BA in economics from Yeshiva University and a JD from the Cardozo School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Israel. He volunteers at Paamonim, an organization enabling people to become financially stable, and in his spare time enjoys jogging and photography.
David began his career as an investment analyst at Blackstone in the Real Estate Private Equity group, where he was involved in multiple leveraged buyout acquisitions with a combined value of over $700 million. David served in the Givati Rotem Brigade and finished basic training as the “most exemplary soldier” in his company. David graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and was a Joseph Wharton Scholar. David enjoys skiing, fishing and craft beers.
Dan is the former Head of Business Affairs at Future Capital Partners in London which has made venture investments of over $13 billion. Prior to this, Dan was the head of the Australian legal team for Australia's largest renewable energy business, Infigen Energy (formerly a Babcock & Brown Wind Partners), a listed vehicle on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Dan's professional career has focused on investment and deal execution, specifically M&A activity (structuring, negotiating and de-risking), financing, green field project development and asset management. Dan also worked with Minter Ellison lawyers in their Finance Group.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.
Dr. Yossi Bahagon
Dr. Yossi Bahagon is an active family physician who founded and managed the digital health division at Clalit Health Services – the second largest health maintenance organization in the world. Clalit’s digital health platform became an international benchmark in vision, strategy and execution aspects, being used by over 2 million monthly users, who generate over 4 million monthly interactions. Following Clalit, Yossi founded Luminox, a strategic digital health consulting firm and startup hub that served the largest international pharma, healthcare providers and insurers companies. Yossi handpicked and seeded six successful digital health startups. These startups grew in aggregate value from single digit to hundreds of millions in the last 4 years, and were backed by leading VCs and corporate funds including Philips, Qualcomm Ventures, Orbimed, Walgreens, Fuson Pharma and Pitango.
Allen is a successful entrepreneur and experienced corporate executive in the healthcare and medical informatics space. He recently joined OurCrowd as a Managing Partner to launch its first sector fund focused exclusively on investments in digital health. Previously, Allen was a co-founder of Humedica, a transformative population health and analytics company which was sold to UnitedHealth (NYSE UNH - the largest U.S. health insurer) in 2013. Following the acquisition, Allen served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Optum Analytics (a division in Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s health services company). As the CCO, he led the group’s commercialization efforts of analytics software products and solutions, including the award-winning Optum OneTM, to U.S. provider and payer organizations. With nearly 25 years of experience in health care, Allen also was a director at leading healthcare investment bank, Leerink Swann (now Leerink Partners), and held management positions at Biogen. He began his career reporting on FDA and policy issues for The Pink Sheet, and received his BA from Brandeis University.
Born in Argentina, Eduardo co-founded seven Israeli high-tech companies (Optibase, Vcon, Accord, Lasercomm, Big Band, Sirica, accells) with five successful exits, four of them with valuations in excess of $400 million and total revenues of billions of dollars.
Optibase was a pioneer in MPEG digital compression and forever changed the way we consume video on the Internet. Successfully taken public on NASDAQ in 1999, valuation peaked at over $400M. Eduardo’s six original employees at Optibase went on to create other successful high-tech ventures and Optibase became recognized as a boot camp for entrepreneurial activity in Israel.
Accord, a leader in rich media video network products, was acquired by Polycom in 2000 for $400M. Vcon, a video conferencing pioneer that went public in France on the Nouveau Marche and reached a market cap of $400M. Big Band Networks, a leader in cable and satellite video distribution, peaked at a $750M market cap on NASDAQ and was acquired in 2011 by Arris.
Originally from Jerusalem, Yori was the founder and CEO of Banter, a pioneering natural language processing company. He successfully established the company as a leader in the call-center space, serving some of the largest US banks (including Wells Fargo and Bank of America), until its acquisition by IBM. After selling Banter in 2004, Yori joined the Mayfield Fund in Silicon Valley as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he provided deal flow and due-diligence support as well as portfolio mentoring. In 2005, Yori founded TimeBridge, a pre-cloud calendar management assistant, an early example of successful viral promotion within a corporate setting. With a corporate user base of millions of users, TimeBridge was acquired by MerchantCircle.
Yori also co-founded Local Sciences, a local data-as-a-service provider, successfully engineering its pivot to become a broad data collection and analysis technology. Local Sciences quickly became the largest accurate local database for service businesses in the Health & Beauty and Automotive verticals, providing data to YP, Groupon and other industry leaders. Yori returned to Israel and joined OurCrowd after living in the Bay Area for 14 years.
A passionate entrepreneur advocate, public speaker and global community builder, Audrey has found equity crowdfunding to be the answer for startups to access capital and use the “crowd” to expand globally as well as a platform for investors to diversify their portfolio and invest in a new asset class. Through her lectures at investment conferences, startup incubators and universities, she educates investors about the risk and reward of investing in early stage companies and entrepreneurs on how to raise capital.
Prior to OurCrowd, Audrey spent 20 years building brands for technology companies with leading global public relations firms like Porter Novelli and launched the US Israel Startup Nations Series to create partnerships and educate about the opportunities of investing in Israeli innovation.
Tali has over 18 years of HR experience across global locations such as Singapore, Paris and the US. She worked with dozens of High-Tech companies across diverse domains: software, telecom, mobile, storage and big data. She specializes in facilitating the expansion of companies globally: Facilitating work with global sourcing, Bringing the right people on-board, Successful retention over time, etc. As a seasoned HR consultant, she brings considerable knowledge and insight by developing innovative and effective recruitment strategies, programs and policies to assist in attracting highly-qualified and diverse individuals. Tali joined OurCrowd in June 2015 and has spearheaded the HR vertical and is supporting the global expansion of the organization. Tali holds a BA in Communication and Business Administrative and MA in Labor Study from TAU.
Elias has a decade long experience in Corporate & Investment Banking, Business Consulting, Risk Management, Business Development, Strategy, Venture Capital and Private Equity businesses. Prior to moving to Israel in 2016, Elias was the Head of Business Development and Strategy at BNP Paribas India.
Elias joined OurCrowd in June 2016 and is primarily responsible for implementing the strategy for OurCrowd's global expansion through institutional partnerships. He has worked for top MNCs such as BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and Arthur Andersen across global locations and was responsible for managing and leading teams across multi-cultural environments.He was continually identified as top performing talent at both BNP Paribas and ABN Amro. He holds an MBA degree with dual specialization in finance and marketing and a Bachelors degree in economics, statistics and business law from University of Mumbai.
Ellen Cohl joins OurCrowd with over 25 years of corporate governance, finance, and management experience. She served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Governance for Vringo Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNG). From 2005 to 2008, Ellen served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Information Technology for Mandel Foundation R.A. From 2001 to 2005, Ellen served as the Director of Corporate Services and Accounting for Chiaro Networks Ltd. From 1997 to 2000, she served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Virtual Communities, Ltd. (NASDAQ: VCIX). Ellen’s audit experience was gained with Arthur Andersen & Co. in both the New York and Tel Aviv offices, and with Bank Leumi Trust Company. Ellen is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University. She received a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College, and is currently working towards a Global Lawyering degree. Within the academic framework, Ellen specializes in commercial law and is an editorial member of international journal: Law & Ethics of Human Rights.
Eric Brand is a writer and marketer with extensive experience strategizing, creating, and delivering targeted messages to diverse global audiences. He has had lead marketing roles for some of the top investment management firms in the world, including Morgan Stanley, AllianceBernstein, and Brown Brothers Harriman. Eric also co-founded and ultimately sold BK Communications Group, a marketing advisory for the financial industry.
In his other life, Eric has been a writer/producer of network television shows, wrote the first draft of Gene Roddenberry’s final movie project, and was Managing Editor of Metropolis magazine. His essays have been published in such outlets as the Washington Post, the Times of Israel, and Aish.com. His first book, Gladstone, a biography of the 19th century British Prime Minister for Chelsea House Publishers, went into a second printing. He has also lectured publicly on the media, politics, and Jewish issues.
Eric was born in Manhattan and earned a Bachelor's Degree at Stony Brook University, where he co-founded the award-winning undergraduate feature newspaper. Like his father, noted writer/folklorist/entertainer Oscar Brand, he has a wife and four children, all of whom love him dearly.
Sagit is a veteran of online marketing with over 10 years' experience in marketing, specifically in online acquisition, conversion optimization and marketing automation. Sagit has recently joined OurCrowd as the Director of Online Marketing, responsible for growth and investor acquisition. Prior to joining OurCrowd, she worked as the VP of marketing at Yallo, a funded, telecommunications startup in Tel Aviv, and before that held a number of director and VP positions at large online based companies, including 888.com and Easy Forex, primarily managing online channels, acquisition and retention departments. In addition, Sagit has consulted many companies both in Israel and abroad, on their digital media strategies, managing their online presence and campaigns. Sagit holds BA in Economics and Business Management from Ben-Gurion University, and a Masters degree in Business Management, majoring in marketing from Bar Ilan University.
Leah Stern is Communications Director at OurCrowd, promoting the world's leading equity crowdfunding platform to the world media, as well as the OurCrowd's 100+ portfolio companies. Recently, Stern served as producer and anchor for the Israeli Government Press Office News in Jerusalem, and continues to act as a multimedia journalist and content producer for Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel, Storyhunter, Yahoo South America, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Trillionaire, RedFlag Magazine, Detroit Jewish News, and Jewlicious.com,. Stern was formerly the SE Regional Director of NPH USA, a non-profit organization that responds to the plight of orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America. Stern has spent the past ten years as an international correspondent in the Middle East as a TV reporter, anchor and editor for IBA News in Jerusalem, Israel's only local English language news program. Stern frequently directed, produced, and filmed news features in Israel for CNN's World Report Program. Stern was embedded with the Israel Defense Forces during Israel's disengagement from Gaza; broadcasted live war reporting during the second Lebanon War from Israel's north; Conducted Inside coverage of Pope John Paul II's Funeral in Rome; Documented a two-day journey in Ethiopia with the Falash Mura. From 2010-2012, Stern was based in Rome, serving as a liaison between the Israeli government and the Vatican, producing content for the world media and social networking avenues, including Vatican TV co-productions. Stern is fluent in Hebrew, conversational in Italian, proficient in HD video shooting, SLR photography and editing. Stern graduated with honors, from the University of Miami with a degree in film production and Political Science and studied abroad at the renowned Film, Arts, Music University in Prague. Stern currently lives in London, England, with her husband, two miniature Dachshunds and baby boy.
Peter Raihelgauz is OurCrowd’s Director of Finance, responsible for its external and internal financial reporting. Peter is a CPA with over 9 years of financial experience and has held senior financial positions with both public and private companies. Before joining OurCrowd, Peter was the VP Finance for Kampyle Ltd., an Israel based, customer experience management company (acquired by Medallia Inc.). Prior to Kampyle, Peter held VP Finance position in Vringo Inc. and Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc., both publicly traded companies on the NASDAQ. Peter began his career in Ernst & Young, Tel Aviv, high tech practice. Peter holds an M.A. in Economics and B.A (with honors) in Accounting and Economics from Ben Gurion University.
Chaim Meir Tessler
Nathan pursues industry niches where improvement in customer-service through leveraged-technology & systems translates directly into increased shareholder value. In 2005 Nathan co-founded and chaired Real Estate Corp (RUN Property) which became Australia's largest independent residential Real Estate manager. The company was successfully sold in 2014. Nathan spent 14 years as a technical director and shareholder of Com Tech Communications which was later purchased by Dimension Data, and was recognised as the leading provider of network integration, training and distribution services in Australia employing over 1400 staff.
Nathan studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David was the founder and Managing Director of Dimension Data Australia Pty Ltd. and established Dimension Data Australia (formerly Com Tech Communications) in July 1987 as a Specialist Supplier of networking and communications products. At the time of sale, Dimension data employed over 1400 people, had revenues of $700mil with no external debt. The company was sold for an enterprise value of over $1bil on 2000. David actively mentors management teams.
David recently served as the Chairman of Centric Wealth Advisers Ltd. and was Chairman of Holly Connects, Inc. David was also Executive Chairman and Founding Investor of Macromatix . David is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Montech Holdings Limited.
David holds a B.Comm and B. Acc from the University of Witwatersrand.
Prior to Krongold Group, Ashley spent 15 years in the Investment Banking and Accounting industries.
He was a founding member of Investec Bank Australia and opened its Melbourne office in Nov 2000, later leading the Bank’s Private Client Lending division. Before Investec, Ashley worked at William Buck Chartered Accountants, ANZ Corporate Finance (London) and ANZ Private Bank (Australia).
Ashley serves on the Boards and is a Director of various communal charities, foundations and organisations globally. He is also a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Commerce / Business from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.